Gwenyth Konig receives Rudd Foundation scholarship

Sabetha High School senior Gwenyth Konig receives a four-year full-ride scholarship from the Rudd Foundation during a schoolwide assembly on Thursday, March 21. Pictured are (L-R) Corri Roberts of the Rudd Foundation, Gwen Konig and Danielle Sutter of the Rudd Foundation.

On Thursday, March 21, Sabetha High School (SHS) senior Gwenyth Konig received a substantial scholarship from the Rudd Foundation, which is based in Wichita, Kan. Gwen was awarded a four-year $100,000 full ride scholarship to Kansas State University, where she plans to major in Social Work.

According to the foundation’s website, https://ruddfoundation.org, the Rudd Foundation is dedicated to improving individual lives and their community through philanthropy and a full-ride scholarship program. The foundation’s founder, Leslie Rudd, established this program to reward promising students who embody the fundamental principles of success he learned growing up in Wichita.

“The Rudd foundation offers full ride scholarships to students who display work ethic, grit and determination. Their founder, Leslie Rudd, believed in humility, hard work and honesty, but he has many other core values that have become part of the program as well,” Gwen said.

The Rudd Foundation’s eight core values are grit, humility, self-motivation, leadership, integrity, continuous improvement, making an impact and teamwork.

To apply for the Rudd Foundation scholarship, a student must meet these application requirements:

Sabetha High School senior Gwenyth Konig receives a four-year full-ride scholarship from the Rudd Foundation during a schoolwide assembly on Thursday, March 21.

• Graduating high school senior who plans to enroll full-time in the fall.

• Must have a cumulative, unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 or above.

• Must have taken the ACT or SAT and submit the score to apply.

• Must be a Kansas resident and qualify for in-state tuition.

• Demonstrate financial need (Pell-eligible).

• Will attend either Emporia State, Fort Hays State, Kansas State or Wichita State Universities.

• Must be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident.

When applying for the scholarship, Gwen’s multiple-month process started when Briana Evans, the Sabetha High School counselor, sent an email to the Rudd Foundation about an application.

“My counselor, Mrs. [Briana] Evans, had sent out an email about the application. The application was due Dec. 1, and I immediately started working on it,” Gwen said. “Towards the end of January, I got an email about becoming one of the 70 finalists. This meant that I had to go down to Wichita for an interview.

“On Feb. 14, we [Gwen and Briana] went down for the interview and then had to play it by ear. On March 21, my school [SHS] was called into the varsity gym for an assembly, and two of the girls I had my interview with [Corri Roberts and Danielle Sutter of the Rudd Foundation] walked in with a cardboard check for a full-ride scholarship. Now, I am part of the Rudd family and will attend banquets and activities that they put on through my college campus.”

Since receiving her scholarship, Gwen has felt accomplished and very grateful to those who have given her support and encouragement.

“I feel very grateful and just cannot thank the Rudd Foundation enough,” Gwen said. “I also feel very accomplished and deserving of this scholarship. It was very nerve-racking at first, and my voice still shakes sometimes when I talk about it. But overall, I am extremely fortunate and grateful to become a Rudd Scholar.

“I wanna give a special thank you to Mrs. Evans, because without her, I wouldn’t have made it to the interview. She was willing to take a day off of school to drive me down to Wichita and prepare me for the interview. I also appreciate my classmates and teachers that encouraged me through it all. After I was presented the check, the love from the school and community has been completely overwhelming in a good way. Thank you all for the support.”

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